1 Timothy 2:5, For there is one God and one Mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave Himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.
As we continue our Advent thoughts this week, I want to focus on the idea of peace. The dictionary defines peace as “a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations.” When we consider that definition of “mutual harmony between people or groups,” we have to be honest and say there is not a lot of peace in this world right now. Just think about our world. Politically, we are not at peace; the Middle East is not at peace; race relations are not in a state of peace, and the recent terror attack certainly do nothing to encourage us that peace is coming anytime soon. However, as we think about Christmas, it was all about peace. Read these words from 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all people.”
Did you see that? Jesus Christ is the Mediator of peace between God and mankind. Mediators are normally disinterested third parties who are simply trying to come to a fair and equitable settlement, but Jesus was anything but a disinterested mediator. No, He was a mediator who not only brokered the peace between God and man, but He paid for the peace. Read those words again, Jesus “…gave Himself as a ransom for all people.”
Think about that, and have a Merry Christmas!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D